Coming soon - Call for content for the Vitae Researcher Development Conference!


The established Vitae Researcher Development International Conference, the largest dedicated event that brings together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers, will take place between 8-9 September 2015 in Manchester. The annual conference in 2015 will bring together over 350 UK and international professionals for a two-day programme of policy and strategic development, learning and practice sharing. 

Conference content proposals

In the next couple of weeks we will be inviting proposals for workshop sessions and special interest sessions. The proposals should address the following themes:

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Working with PIs and supervisors to transform professional development for researchers and embed professional development in the research environment
  • Case studies and examples that mainstream equality and diversity for researchers and the research environment
  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation issues and the strategies to attract the best candidates into research degrees
  • Leadership development for researchers
  • Researcher development and researcher careers evaluation and impact studies to further our understanding and knowledge of the researcher landscape
  • New and interesting ways of supporting mobility - international, intersectoral, interdisciplinary and virtual mobility
  • Researcher development within the cohort model: practice sharing from doctoral training centres/partnership and other cohort based models including European and international collaborations (e.g. ITNs)
  • Researchers' development across boundaries: learning from international collaborations, exploring inter-cultural competences and business/industry collaborations in developing researchers


Workshops must be well planned, structured sessions. They will have clear learning outcomes for participants and address an area of policy or practice in researcher development. 

Special interest sessions

Special interest sessions will last 30 minutes and offer an opportunity to explore an area that does not clearly fit into a workshop